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April 12, 2017
general manager John Lynch confirmed the team has received interest in trading for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft.
KNBR’s provided comments from Lynch’s press conference Wednesday:
There’s the traditional trade chart. We’ve got one of our own. We know how we value that. As I’ve said, we’re open for business. We’ll listen to anything. But I’ve always said you don’t like being a 2-14 team, but you like having the second pick. Because I think it puts you in the drivers seat. A lot of options at your disposal. And we’ll explore every single one of them.
Lynch’s statements come after Draft Analyst’s reported the 49ers are considering selecting LSU tailback Leonard Fournette second overall. That report raised questions about whether San Francisco was trying to spark interest in the No. 2 pick, since the team recently Tim Hightower and still has Carlos Hyde on the roster.
The San Jose Mercury News‘ Tim Kawakami was among the skeptics:
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Huge Lynch-Shanahan thing has been to cut off the leaks and now we’re supposed to buy leaks that 49ers want Fournette at #2? Not me.
It would make sense for Lynch to try to create a bidding war for the second overall selection.
The 49ers are coming off a 2-14 season in which it became clear the team has numerous personnel issues to address. ranked San Francisco 23rd in offensive efficiency and 28th in defensive efficiency.
When the Cleveland Browns sent the No. 2 pick to the Philadelphia Eagles last year, they the Eagles’ 2016 first, third and fourth-round picks as well as Philadelphia’s first-round pick in 2017 and second-round pick in 2018.
Executing a similar deal would give the 49ers more bites at the apple to improve the roster. Should they keep the No. 2 pick, they’d still have a great chance to land an impact player who can help hasten their rebuild.
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